Bayern Munich secure Joao Palhinha agreement that allows Man Utd to complete blockbuster raid

Bayern Munich have agreed personal terms with Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha and discussions over the transfer fee are ‘advanced’, while the impending deal has also paved the way for Manchester United to secure a blockbuster move of their own.

Palhinha made an instant impact in the Premier League upon joining Fulham from Sporting Lisbon in a £20m transfer two summers ago. The destructive Portugal international led all Premier League players in the tackles metric during the 2022/23 campaign. Palhinha, now 28, also developed a handy habit of chipping in with goals from deep.

Bayern Munich took note and launched an attempt to sign Palhinha 12 months ago.

Personal terms were quickly ironed out and a deal with Fulham worth €65m was signed off. Palhinha travelled to Munich and even conducted early media duties for the club, though the move collapsed at the eleventh hour after Fulham failed to find an adequate replacement.

Palhinha did not let the botched move affect his displays and once again anchored Fulham’s midfield to great effect last season. Indeed, the no-nonsense midfielder led the league in tackles for the second year running.

Unfortunately for Fulham, Bayern’s interest never subsided and according to various sources, a transfer at the second time of asking is now on the cards.

Bayern Munich have agreed personal terms with Palhinha who will sign either a four or five year deal.

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